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February 18, 2009

Lucas: Parts of stimulus are good for state, Edmond

EDMOND — Some provisions of the $787 billion stimulus bill signed into law Tuesday by President Obama will be good for Edmond and Oklahoma, said U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas, at a reception Wednesday in his honor at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

He wished Obama well for the tough set of economic challenges facing his administration.

Lucas said he would not have written the congressional stimulus bill the way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had written it. But he acknowledged the nation needs a stimulus bill in the midst of a national recession.

“I will work with you as I worked with your member of Congress (Mary Fallin) and your U.S. senators that we will get our fair share,” said Lucas, who voted against the stimulus package.

Lucas said his goal is to keep Uncle Sam out of taxpayers’ pockets.

“Once we make the determination about what the resource base is going to be, when we bake the pie, then your legislative elected officials have responsibility to get out the sharpest knife, to work with you, to make sure we get the fairest slice,” Lucas said.

Edmond’s economic development is significant for Lucas, he said.

“Your community, your prosperity, your progress, your economic growth is important to me,” he said.

Edmond’s neighbors in Logan, Lincoln and Canadian counties are his folks and constituents, he said. And many of them drive to work in Edmond, he added.

“You are and have tremendous potential to continue to be an engine of economic growth,” Lucas said.

Businesswoman Patrice Douglas made several personal introductions of Lucas to a crowd of about 50 people.

“We are technically not his district, but we are clearly his fans,” she said.

Douglas, who has been a board member of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and a past trustee of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, is running for mayor against incumbent Dan O’Neil in the general election set for April 7.

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